Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Russell Martin C
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Brett Gardner LF
LHP CC Sabathia (6-3, 2.98)
Sabathia vs. Angels
Maicer Izturis 2B
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Abreu DH
Torii Hunter RF
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Howie Kendrick LF
Mark Trumbo 1B
Jeff Mathis C
Peter Bourjos CF
RHP Ervin Santana (3-4, 4.34)
Santana vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 9:05 p.m., YES Network
WEATHER: Another gorgeous day in Anaheim. Nothing but blue skies out here.
UMPIRES: HP Marty Foster, 1B Bill Welke, 2B Tim Tschida, 3B Mike Estabrook
GOING FOR FOUR: CC Sabathia has won his past three starts, and he’s pitched at least eight innings in each of them. According to the Yankees, he’s the second Yankees starter in the past 25 years to win three straight and throw at least eight innings in each of them. Andy Pettitte did it in 1995 when he had a string of five such starts.
MARGIN FOR ERROR: The Yankees are 6-10 in one-run games this season, including 0-5 on the road. Three such losses have happened on this road trip.
EARLY SUCCESS: The Yankees have outscored their opponents 84-48 in the first two innings this season. According to Elias, they’re the first team since the Phillies in 2009 to play seven straight games with a home run in the first or second inning.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Today is Tony Pena’s 54th birthday. He spent quite a bit of time talking to Russell Martin in the clubhouse this afternoon. Best I could tell, it wasn’t a specific scouting or instructional conversation, just two catchers talking about catching.
UPDATE, 9:52 p.m.: Yankees stranded a runner at third in the third, and Sabathia back on the mound with the game still scoreless. In a sure sign that this game will last seven hours, it seems to be moving fairly quickly right now.
UPDATE, 9:56 p.m.: And CC strikes out Torii Hunter to keep it scoreless after three.
UPDATE, 10:14 p.m.: A player flipping over the outfield wall doesn’t happen too often, but Torii Hunter went tumbling trying to catch Robinson Cano’s solo homer in the fourth. Now Sabathia is trying to make that 1-0 lead hold up, despite having runners on the corners with one out in the bottom of the inning.
UPDATE, 10:17 p.m.: Jeter’s error hurt this inning. A sac fly has tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Would have been the final out of the inning had Jeter not bobbled a sharp grounder. Tied at 1.
UPDATE, 10:44 p.m.: Rodriguez goes deep, two-run home run that puts the Yankees in front 3-1 and moves Rodriguez into a tie with Mel Ott on baseball’s all-time RBI list.